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Robert DykesAug. 02, 2015 - 10:12AM JST
"District Court in 2009 heard 33 cases similar to Mr A’s, ordering deletion of data in 3% of them."
What a strange way to word this sentence. 3% of 33 is about 1 (.99 actually). So they heard 33 cases and only ordered deletion of only 1. Why didn't they just write it that way?
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Robert DykesJul. 08, 2015 - 08:53AM JST
I try not to comment too often here, but I just have to chime in and ask, how in the world would this prevent what happened or anything similar in the future from happening? Are you honestly trying to tell us that someone is actively watching these cameras? No of course not. They are for recording purposes only to be reviewed after a crime is committed. Of course what happened was tragic, but it is so ridiculous for people, j-gov, JR top freak out over it. How many people have died on or because of the Shinkansen out of the millions and millions, if not billions, of passengers who have ridden the train countless years over the decades. Trains are the ranked as the single safest mode of transportation on the planet Earth at a rate of 0.2 deaths per billion miles. Thats a world average. We all know Japan one of, if not the number 1, safety record when it comes to trains.
Posted in: More security cameras to be installed on shinkansen trains
Robert DykesJun. 20, 2015 - 11:19AM JST
Proud owner of a Korean TV. Twice as big, half the cost.. When we went in the store to look at the display model, it was in the corner and not even turned on. Looking at reviews from outside Japan our LG TV had far better reviews than ANY of the Japanese TVs the store was trying to push.
Before this I have owned 3 Sony TVs. Now I would not touch one with a ten foot pole.
Posted in: Sony, Panasonic cling to TVs, betting on halo effect of premium sets
Robert DykesJun. 13, 2015 - 12:58PM JST
That hand shake!!!
Posted in: Meet the brass
Robert DykesJun. 11, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
That weighs 2kg (give or take a few tenths of a gram). Amazed it didn't break her shoulder.
Posted in: 16-year-old boy arrested for throwing 2-liter PET water bottles from condo
Robert DykesJun. 11, 2015 - 11:06AM JST
As much as japan loves shaved ice (kakigori) they desperately need introduce Italian shaved iced (gelato). I have only had it in a handful of Italian restaurants. One of the neighborhoods I grew up in had a family owned gelato stand that has been around for decades. Cold, delicious, and affordable (unlike the Italian restaurants).
Posted in: Have an ice day
Robert DykesMay. 22, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
"Cheap car insurance"- Let me tell you. I know from experience in Japan - you get what you pay for. Japanese car insurance is great until you need it.
Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan
Robert DykesMay. 22, 2015 - 12:45PM JST
GREAT list they almost nailed it.... BUT:
4. Japanese (home) baths -WHAT! No way! Unless you want to be folded into a preztle in order to fit in their square TINY bathtubs.
15. “Zakka” shops - yeah those get old REALLY fast.
18. Sitting under a kotatsu - yeah... I would take ACTUALLY using the AC and heater at appropriate times when needed. kotasu should not even really exist anymore, for the most part they are relics left over from a long time ago. I would rather turn on my heater over in the corner, sit back in my recliner and enjoy my TV and PC the same way I do everyday year round.
Robert DykesMay. 21, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
Supposedly only a handful of people within Tanaka are directly responsible for this. There were 100% aware they were cutting corners and went ahead and told everybody else everything was okay and safety inspections were up to key.
Not only have these people cost lives, they have costs millions and millions of dollars in damage, if not billions. Look at all the time the countless people have spent investigating and trying to fix this. The best Honda CEO in 15 years was forced to step down because he chose to go with Tanaka airbags. What I am getting at, is the people at the top of responsibility of this need to serve life in prison, but I am sure they nothing at all will happen. Loose their job with fat pension.
Posted in: Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million
Robert DykesMay. 17, 2015 - 09:46AM JST
From my decade in Japan. From what I have observed pretty much 100% of EVERY single Japanese company or businesses expects, requires, or forces EVERYONE to work above and beyond what is contracted, agreed upon, and paid actually paid for.
Posted in: Gov't to release names of 'black companies'
Robert DykesMay. 12, 2015 - 07:40PM JST
What?! "dangerous $40000 an hour machines?"
This is such a non issue. I can't believe some people are still whining about the Osprey. Do you all have ANY idea how many times these things have flown with out any problems. They have been around since 1988!!!!! Entered full time traning since 2000 and have been in full time active service since 2007. The have been deployed countless time in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Kuwait.
Seriously just look at the facts. There have only been 36 deaths caused by Osprey crashes over the course of its 25 year history in the entire world.
Posted in: Pentagon announces it will deploy Ospreys at Yokota in 2017
Robert DykesMay. 12, 2015 - 08:49AM JST
Have very high hopes for this film. Depending on reviews I may ride down to Nagoya or Osaka so I can watch in Imax.
Posted in: Cast, old and new, unite at 'Mad Max: Fury Road' premiere
Robert DykesMay. 11, 2015 - 01:40PM JST
"how is this news anymore?" It is news because people are saying it needs to change. It is going to be news until they change! It SHOULD be news until it changes. It is not only NOT changing it is getting worse. Japan is going backwards in terms of their contrition.
The only shame here is that it is mainly coming from China. China doesn't even really care, they just want a reason to complain about Japan. Japan needs more pressure from its closer allies.... I mean one single ally. But the USA enjoys its military bases far too much to pressure Japan. It was the exact same immieidallty following the war. Look at the German war trials vs Japanese war trials. The Japanese trials were either rushed, hushed, or non-existent because the USA wanted /needed a base of operation in the Pacific ASAP because they knew that Russia would begin spreading southeast to fill the power vacuum and that is EXACTLY what happened.
Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition
Robert DykesMay. 11, 2015 - 01:33PM JST
Sorry... Still doesn't even come close the amazing Honda Rube Goldberg commercial using ONLY parts available from the car they are advertising.
Posted in: Kanna Hashimoto does 'stupid-cool' tricks for commercial, requiring over 600 takes to get it right
Robert DykesMay. 08, 2015 - 12:44PM JST
"I call BS. If the sludge were depleting the oxygen in the canal, then it would be over a sustained period"
Thats not true. What about "red tides". These happen seemingly overnight and can cause mass deaths.
I mean.... how long do you think you would last with out O2.... I don't think it would be a sustained period.
The sludge could have been sitting at a certain level for a long time, allowing the fish to survive, and a single event put the levels over the edge. Broke the camels back if you will.
A person can live on something as low as 12% o2 like on the top of a mountain. (20-21% is normal at sea level). If the level drop to 11% you will die. Not life is optimal at 12% you would be alive and at 11% you would more than likely soon be dead.
Posted in: 100,000 dead fish found in Nagoya canal
Robert DykesMay. 07, 2015 - 03:01PM JST
"These girls have perfect bodies. Not an ounce too few. Anyone who claims they are skinny... Take off your fatty western-sized goggles! This is Japan, not US/UK."
hmm... Well that's new to me I didn't know looking like an Auschwitz inmate was popular anywhere in the world. Please don't get me wrong. I find a skinny girl as attractive as the next guy. But your elbow should not be skinnier than your bicep on anyone in any part of the world. Her arm is perfectly straight, zero curve, zero fat, zero muscle. just bone. In fact where her bicep should be is actually a slight dent in her arm!. A body should have curves and those curves should not be bone. You know what? I guess you right. I don't like skinny girls. I like fit girls.
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Robert DykesMay. 07, 2015 - 09:48AM JST
I ride a motorcycle almost exclusively. There have been times when I have been tailgated so badly by some idiot I just slowly stop my bike in the middle of the road get off and tell the guy to go around me. They are embarrassed and not too happy about it. But I can not stand it. They are taking my life into their hands. If they rear-end me it is a tiny bump in their bumper but I am more than likely dead.
Posted in: 16-year-old motorbike rider killed after being rear-ended by car
Robert DykesMay. 07, 2015 - 09:43AM JST
I'm confused. Why is everyone saying how cute those girls are. A light breeze would break those arms in two. I am sorry... But that is sick. Those girls look sick, like physically ill. You all do realize that if they were runway models in countries like France they would breaking the law for being that skinny right?
Robert DykesApr. 20, 2015 - 10:12AM JST
".......until he $aw the $$$!"
You should hit up IMDB and check out Hamill. He has been working more steadily than just about any other actor working for 40 years. He isnt hard up for up cash.
Have you not seen the new Star Trek movies? Star Wars 7 will be nothing like the prequels. Have you not seen 2 trailers? Even the most hardcore starwars fans are jumping for joy. The only, and I mean only complaint, I have heard about is the new lightsaber design.
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Robert DykesApr. 18, 2015 - 06:00PM JST
Has anyone bothered to look at Japan ranking in the world in terms of Freedom of Press. I find this all of ZERO surprise. BEFORE all this nonsense started with the new laws Abe started about whistle blowing and the such, Japan ranked somewhere around 52. That was from a couple years ago, I am sure the new rating will be far worse.
Posted in: Diplomatic pressure on foreign reporters raises media hackles
Aug. 03, 2015 - 09:26AM JST
It's almost like this happens every day in a japanese residence. Sad for the infant because…
Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested for abusing 3-month-old daughter
Aug. 03, 2015 - 09:25AM JST
They better start getting along, and down to some serious planning, or the whole exercise (read;…
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Aug. 03, 2015 - 09:24AM JST
The whole problem with this logo is that it doesn't feel Japanese at all. All other…
Posted in: IOC dismisses Tokyo logo dispute
Aug. 03, 2015 - 09:23AM JST
Put a half moon on the right side of the controversial emblem to make it look…
Posted in: New stadium to open three months before Olympics
Aug. 03, 2015 - 09:20AM JST
From what I've seen, only if you're a native and want your children to follow in…
Posted in: Is Japan a good place to raise children?